Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Now that the initial shock of the catastrophe is over, key Washington officials are up in arms over whether to make friends or foes of the agents who stepped between the enemy's bullets and countless American lives regardless of the legal consequences. Not for the first time, Rapp finds himself in the frustrating position of having to illustrate the realities of national security to politicians whose view from the sidelines is inevitably obstructed.
Meanwhile, three of the al Qaeda terrorists are still at large, and Rapp has been unofficially ordered to find them by any means necessary. No one knows the personal, physical, and emotional sacrifices required of the job better than Rapp. When he sees Nash cracking under the pressure of the mission and the memories of the horrors he witnessed during the terrorist attack, he makes a call he hopes will save his friend, assuage the naysayers on Capitol Hill, and get him one step closer to the enemy before it's too late.
Once again, Rapp proves himself to be a hero unafraid "to walk the fine line between the moral high ground and violence" (The Salt Lake Tribune) for our country's safety, for the sake of freedom, for the pursuit of honor.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 51 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 13, 2009|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,271 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Other reviewers of this book (and I'm talking about the ones who have actually read it, not the 1 star liberal reviewers who make a practice of trashing Flynn's books in spite of the fact they obviously haven't read them) have remarked that the story lines have become a bit predictable and I don't totally disagree with that criticism, hence the 4 star rating instead of 5. While I don't want to see Flynn retire Mitch Rapp, I think it may be time to either give him a rest or somehow try to freshen the story lines.
That said, this is still a really good read. Whining liberals (even the few that actually bother to read the book before trashing it, if there actually are any) will no doubt complain, as they always do, that Flynn's conservative political leanings are too much in evidence. To that, I would counter that most of the Democrat politicians in this book (particularly President Alexander and Senator Lonsford) actually come out as looking very patriotic and acting in the best interests of the nation (unlike most Democrat politicians in real life). The hypocritical Senator Ogden (who Flynn clearly and hysterically ties to the disgusting real-life Barbara Boxer with her "please don't call me maam, I've worked too hard for the title Senator" remark), on the other hand, comes across as an arrogant turd who is far more interested in making America's intelligence services fight our enemies with both hands tied behind their backs than in helping them keep our nation secure. You know, sort of like the real Senator Boxer is.
At the end of this book there are several loose ends left dangling - e.g., will Max Johnson be eliminated or join Rapp's team - same with the terrorist Hakim, and will the Russian gangster Peter Sidorov form an uneasy alliance with Rapp and become a recurring character? - that will almost certainly carry over to the next novel in the series, which I, along with all other fans of Vince Flynn, will eagerly await.
Vince Flynn is a fantastic author who has created a memorable character in Mitch Rapp. The fact that he makes liberals crazy and causes them to post negative reviews of books they clearly haven't read is simply an added bonus.
There are several other problems with this book (this part is full of spoilers):
1) This book is really slow. Splitting one book into two makes him spend too much time on other characters. Extreme Measures was already one of his longest books, and he basically extended the book and split it into two.
2) The book is inconsistent with earlier novels in a very important respect: one of the main story points of this was that Nash was "exposed" as an undercover operative and could no longer work undercover. This completely ignores the fact that Rapp was "exposed" back in the Separation of Power/Executive Power two-parter, yet still works in the field.
3) The other characters are boring. Nash is just a really boring character, and he becomes the main character in this book.
4) Another inconsistency is actually explainable: in the prequels, Rapp worked extensively with Dr. Lewis. In these two books, they make no mention of that relationship. The same is true with the relationship between Kennedy and Hurley, who were very close to each other in the prequels. Of course, since the prequels were written afterwards, it seems that Flynn just came up with these points afterward.
5) The bad guys weren't really believeable. The leader was supposed to be a great tactical mind, but he can't read a simple map. The other main terrorist did all the logistics, but turned incredibly easily.
6) The Committee meeting was just really bad. The anti-abortion tirade was really unnecessary; the main Senator becoming a huge proponent of the CIA because of a single attack was also less than believable.
7) An aside, even though people here are complaining that Flynn is too right-wing, it should be pointed out that both this President (who hardly appeared in these two books) and the previous President were both Democrats portrayed as strong on defense.
8) One more editing error that I didn't see pointed out here--in the middle of a conversation between Rapp and Nash, Rapp refers to him as Coleman, who wasn't even there during the conversation. I don't know if that is a Kindle specific error. I also noticed that he combined the names of the two main terrorists at least once--although they are named Karim and Hakim, he calls Karim "Kakim" once.
This book (along with the previous) are the worst books of the entire Rapp series. I've read them all and I usually speed through them because they are so exciting. This one just dragged. Definitely start with the other books in the series--probably start with the prequels (American Assassin and Kill Shot) if you haven't read any of them.
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That was the final straw after reading a few in the series and basically reading the back story as unnecessary filler each time.